JAMAICA, Queens – A woman is dead and several others are injured after a fire ripped through a Queens home late Wednesday.
The blaze broke out in a three-story residential building at 166-11 91st Ave. shortly before 11:30 p.m., authorities said.
Ruth Andrade, 84, was found unconscious and unresponsive in the first floor of the house, police said.
She was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Several others, including Andrade's 85-year-old husband, were also taken to the hospital for their injuries.
Officials said mattresses were scattered throughout the Jamaica house, which the Department of Buildings said had the cellar illegally converted into an apartment.
The fire marshall will determine the cause of death.
The Department of Buildings was called to conduct a structural stability inspection of the residence following the blaze. Officials observed heavy fire damage throughout the building, which had partially collapsed, the department said.
A vacate order has since been issued for the entire building. While an initial investigation determined it may collapse, officials later said that is not the case, and it appears stable.
An order to demolish the building may still be made.
Several violations were also issued for "illegal work without a permit" and "illegal occupancy."